Friday 7 January 2022
Tuesday 17 August 2021
There's a bit of a story behind my card today.
I was recently watching a fellow crafter, Ann Melvin on YouTube and the title of her video was "I am SO TIRED of it!!” Intrigued by the title, I watched with interest.
To summarise, she was bemoaning the cost of trying to copy the cards top celebrity crafters show us. The list of products "needed" to make such projects (she recounted) can reach £60-£70. She discussed the resulting dissatisfaction which comes when we try to reproduce these 'ideals'. The chasing of perfection is demoralising she suggested. She was in a real tizz with her crafty life and I felt sorry for her. I've been there too.
Whilst I sympathised with a lot of what she had to say; I did not agree with everything.
Ann didn't refer to any of the YouTube designers by name but I've a pretty good idea to whom she is referring. I think that we have to remember that these top designers are 'the professionals'. It's their job to promote and show us the new products of the companies they work for. We have to remember that a lot of these products are thus given to them free of charge. Of course, wouldn't we all love to receive lovely crafting products for nothing? Regular 'Happy Mail' parcels are so exciting. I know from experience. I've served on numerous Design Teams in the past. But, there's also the flip side to consider. Think about the enormous pressure there must be on them. There’s a constant demand to keep coming up with interesting designs, techniques and designs for us. They're on a crafting treadmill! I know that I'm always grateful for their tips and inspiration. I am fully aware that my efforts will not always match theirs. There is a wise old saying “comparison is the thief of joy". How though are we to improve and progress our crafting if we don't strive for this perfection? The key is not to allow our best to be not good enough. Crafting is my passion; it's like the air that I breathe. I'm not always happy with what I produce and I know what I make is not always perfect. I'm my own harshest critic at times but I have learned to be patient. I know that practice makes perfect. And, it's the doing that's the important bit not the result.
I lost my paid employment just before the pandemic struck. I haven't worked for the past two years and money is tight. It forces me to be careful about what I buy and I've been in a sort of creative wilderness for the longest time.
I have recently been watching videos from these 'celebrity designers', looking for devine inspiration. They have kickstarted my creative spark again. I'm so, so thankful for that. Yes indeed, but with the understanding that I am creating just for the joy of it and not as a professional.
|Inspiration card from the Internet - wish I could credit the originator but I didn't make any notes at the time. Thank you whoever you are.|
I printed out the image of this card a while ago because I thought it was fun. I thought it would spur me on to create again. Unfortunately I can't remember where I first saw it. I would love to be able to credit the original designer. I have looked for it again but without success. Yesterday I thought I would CASe it (Copy and Share). I challenged myself to reproduce it using only stamps, dies and materials I already had.
Wednesday 13 November 2019
A deceptively simple card to make.
Start with a square of ice white pearlescent card. Stamp the Snowflake arch stamp using Silver Dollar embossing powder in opposite corners. Heat set and place Snowflake die over each impression in turn. Carefully raise die cut areas.
Die cut snowflakes again in another piece of cardstock. Cover in clear glue and sprinkle with sparklicious glitter. Set aside to dry.
Saturday 1 December 2018
I was lucky enough to go with a group of crafty friends to the Sincerely Yours craft event at Leigh a couple of weeks ago. I had a wonderful time catching up with friends and looking for new stash items. This beautifully different stamp was one of the first things I picked up to look at and I instantly fell in love with his dear little face.
He's from Pink Ink Designs, a company that hitherto I had not been familiar with but I must say that I love what they do. Since getting this darling, I've also bought the giant bee and dragonfly sets ( yet to be worked with)
I was in the right mood to stamp and bring him to life this morning so these are the results.
I used Prismacolor pencils to colour him:
PC1009 Dahlia Purple
PC1038 Neon Pink
PC943 Burnt Ochre
PC1087 Powder Blue
PC1103 Caribbean Sea
PC919 Non-Photo Blue
PC916 Canary Yellow
PC908 Dark Green
PC911 Olive Green
Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear
Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Magnolia
Spectrum Noir Sparkle- Firefly
and finishing touches with:
Distress Oxide - Pumice Stone
Distress Oxide - Crushed Olive
Distress Oxide - Stormy Sky
Sakura Pen-Touch - White
Artline 900XF - Gold
#pinkinkdesigns #giraffe #prismacolor #spectrumnoirsparkles #distressoxides #clearstamps #stamping #pink #creativityistherapy
Wednesday 23 November 2016
The Tales from Willson Wood collection has turned out to be my favourite Docrafts collection of 2016. This parcel card shows off its beautiful papers and images (this one is my favourite) beautifully.
- Cut a sheet of card
to measure 18 x 28.5 cm. In a landscape
orientation score at 9, 18, and 27 cm.
Turn 90 degrees and score two parallel lines (each 5cm long and 2.5 cm
on either side of the scoreline) on the 18 cm scoreline. The first one at 12 cm and the second at
16cm. Join all scorelines to create a scored
rectangle which measures 4 x 5 cm. Take
a craft knife and steel ruler and cut along the two vertical scorelines. Do not cut along the horizontal scorelines.
- Fold and crease
along all the scorelines with paper creaser.
Force the scored rectangle area into a recessed shape and the rest of
the card blank into an elongated triangular shape.
- Cut two pieces of
planking paper to measure 8.5 x 17.5 cm.
Cut and measure around the recessed area and ink around all edges with
Chocolate dye ink pad. Stick into place
on the front. Repeat with the second
piece and stick to the back of the project.
- Cut a strip of
co-ordinating paper to measure 3.5 x 18 cm and stick to the front of the
card. Cut a strip of co-ordinating paper
to measure 3 x 18 cm and stick to the first strip. Choose a decoupage topper from the paper pack
and make up. Ink edges of completed
decoupage topper. Cut an oval mat from
colour co-ordinating cardstock. Mat and stick to the front of the card as
- Cut a second
piece of card to measure 12 x 16.8 cm.
Score at 4 cm intervals in a portrait orientation (4 and 8 cms). Turn to a landscape orientation and score at
4, 8, 12, and 16 cms. Cut to match the
diagram, creating the tab sections as you cut.
Decorate all six faces with patterned paper squares, cut to measure 3.5
x 3.5 cm. Glue all tab sections together
to form a 4 cm cubed box.
- Decorate box and
card with chosen embellishments to taste.
Thursday 7 July 2016
Throughout the rest of July SU are promoting their bonus. For every £45 you spend you'll receive a £4.50 voucher which can be redeemed against any purchase in August.
Thursday 2 June 2016
Here is the first of the May- June projects I submitted to the Docrafts PDT
A fun to make greetings card for Father's Day but equally adaptable for any male themed occassion.
3. Stick to lower portion of box with Anita’s Tacky Glue and add small silver brad to each side at bottom edge (top edge will not be seen).
4. Cut black cardstock to 3 x 6.5 cm (six times). These will become the drawers. Cut silver mirror card at 2.5 x 6 cm (six times) and emboss using embossing folder. Mat each piece onto black cardstock. Pierce each “drawer” and add a large brad to each. Stick two drawers to each flap with 3D foam tape equally spacing them.
5. Cut another piece of mirror card to measure 6.5 x 13 cm and emboss with folder. Glue to back of box and add silver brads to top corners of mirror board. Glue tab to back of card. Cut two strips of Kraft card to measure 3 x 9 cm; score at 1 cm at each end. Fold to create “Z” shape and stick into box, parallel to each other.
6. To decorate, select desired elements from A4 Ultimate Die-cut and Paper Pack. Stamp various tools onto paper and paper piece to create ‘tools’. Detail with silver gel ink pen. Mount each of elements onto narrow strips of acetate. Arrange elements as shown or to your desired outcome.
A6 Embossing Folder – Galvanised Steel (XCU 515216)